Opening, Revisited

For years I’ve suffered abdominal pain and fatigue, which in recent months have been getting worse. The pain, at least, is traceable to a vascular anomaly near my pancreas. Surgery could correct this faulty pattern of blood flow. Since the … Continue reading

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My Poetic Imperative

Are there any grand ideas that haven’t already been expressed? It’s doubtful. Restating important notions can be valuable, but it’s seldom essential. At least, that’s the sentiment that led to my abandoning the great Universe as Mind project. It wasn’t … Continue reading

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Feeling Small, Again

Has it really been ten days since my last entry? As has happened before, my enthusiasm for a writing project waned suddenly. It’s part of a larger pattern of repetitive mood swings, each of which begins as inflated confidence only … Continue reading

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The Inner Life of a Cosmos

What makes human life so hard? Is it merely the inevitability of pain, loss, and death? If we suffer only because of physical hardship, we are no worse off than other life forms. Everything that lives faces damage and demise, … Continue reading

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Exploring the Roots of Awareness

Blogging gets exciting when visitors engage in conversation. An exchange between Cathleen and myself has felt so interesting, I’m publishing it as a post of its own. As you’ll see, many concepts have come up that advance the discussion at … Continue reading

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A Thinking Universe?

The tactic introduced last time, of looking to human minds for insights into the Cosmic Mind, is interesting as far as it goes. But it doesn’t go very far unless we’re persuaded that: a) the cosmos is indeed a mind; … Continue reading

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What Rules On High?

If the universe is a mind, as so many posts have promised this series will demonstrate, what implications does this have for religion? Do we believe in God? Do we not believe in God? If I build a plausible case … Continue reading

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Branching Awareness

Ideas multiply. Sometime back I tried my hand at explaining Relational Frame Theory, the grounding philosophy of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Although the subtleties of the theory escaped me, it was easy to grasp that word associations proliferate rapidly. The … Continue reading

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The Caring Mind

Did you notice in the last entry that I’ve started to define terms? I laid out the meaning of cosmos, universe, and Creation, as I intend to use them. Thanks to Graeme, who pointed out that using words requires that … Continue reading

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Organism, Writ Large

In an earlier post, I praised Douglas Hofstadter’s vision of consciousness as a product of recursive and resonant self-reflection. The point of that essay was to highlight the profound value of observing one’s inner life: mindfulness brings one to the … Continue reading

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